Troopers said they are searching for a person believed to have struck and killed a Lincolnton woman Wednesday night in a fatal hit-and-run.
The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. on Maiden Highway at Summerow Road in Lincolnton, according to Trooper C. Casey with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Local residents called 911 after hearing the crash, troopers said, and locating Sherry Kittle, 53, lying on the grass outside their home.
Kittle is a resident of Kershaw Trail, located off Maiden Highway, Casey said.
The woman had been walking south on the northbound side of the highway, facing traffic, when the vehicle, traveling north at the time, struck her, according to troopers.
The incident propelled Kittle into the air and onto the nearby grassy area.
Despite local news media outlets’ reports that officers believed the woman had been on her way home from a local convenience store at the time of the incident, Casey said troopers spoke with store employees, who told them Kittle had not been there at all that day.
Troopers noted they located one of the victim’s shoes on the side of the road where she was thought to have been walking.
After finding no tire marks in the grass, troopers were confident the vehicle made contact with the woman near its right front-end, before fleeing the area.
Troopers are currently on the hunt for the driver and expect the vehicle to have front-end and windshield damage with a missing headlight or lens cover.
“If anyone knows anything,” Casey said, “please just call us.”
Individuals are asked to contact Highway Patrol at 1(800) 445-1779. Tips may remain anonymous.
Emergency Medical Services rushed Kittle to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, where she was pronounced dead.